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Nomar Garciaparra

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Nomar Garciaparra

The first table below presents Nomar Garciaparra's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Nomar Garciaparra
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1996BOS22
23
2.52.30.5190.2
0.4
2.52.70.481-0.00.2
1997BOS23
153
22.919.30.5432.7
4.3
23.120.50.5302.23.9
1998BOS24
143
23.418.60.5583.2
4.8
21.718.40.5412.43.9
1999BOS25
135
18.815.60.5462.2
3.5
19.214.80.5642.74.1
2000BOS26
140
19.916.90.5412.1
3.5
19.315.70.5522.33.7
2001BOS27
21
2.62.30.5330.2
0.4
3.02.80.5210.20.5
2002BOS28
156
21.818.60.5412.2
3.8
20.618.20.5311.73.2
2003BOS29
156
22.418.20.5522.7
4.3
21.919.40.5311.83.4
30
81
9.310.90.461-0.6
0.2
10.010.40.489-0.10.7
2005CHN31
62
7.17.80.477-0.4
0.2
7.17.40.488-0.20.3
2006LAN32
122
13.612.60.519-0.2
0.7
12.211.70.511-0.40.5
2007LAN33
121
10.212.40.452-1.5
-0.6
10.111.60.465-1.1-0.3
2008LAN34
55
6.35.60.5280.3
0.8
5.45.30.5060.10.5
2009OAK35
65
3.44.90.413-0.8
-0.4
3.43.60.484-0.20.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,433
184.4165.90.52612.2
25.8
179.4162.40.52511.424.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
32
3.63.50.507 0.44.23.20.568 0.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,465
188.0169.40.526
26.2
183.6165.60.525 25.7


This is Nomar Garciaparra's second year on the ballot. In my 2015 Hall-of-Fame series, I compared Garciaparra to Rico Petrocelli.

In the late 1990's and early 2000's, the American League was blessed with perhaps the finest trio of shortstops to ever play in the same league simultaneously. In 1996, Alex Rodriguez finished second in MVP voting in his first full season and Derek Jeter was voted Rookie of the Year (Rodriguez's 65 games in 1994-95 cost him rookie eligibility in 1996). In 1997, Garciaparra succeeded Jeter as Rookie of the Year. Suddenly, it looked like the American League might spend the next decade-plus watching three Hall-of-Famers manning the middle infield for the Mariners, Yankees, and Red Sox. And for the better part of the next seven seasons, fans saw exactly what they had hoped for: three all-time great shortstops, all in their prime.

Garciaparra missed most of the 2001 season with a wrist injury. Excluding that year, the next table compares Garciaparra, Jeter, and Rodriguez from 1997 - Garciaparra's rookie year - through 2003.

Nomar Garciaparra Alex Rodriguez Derek Jeter
Season pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL pWins pLoss pWOPA pWORL
199722.919.32.7
4.3
20.117.12.2
3.7
21.420.31.43.0
199823.418.63.2
4.8
23.820.52.5
4.2
23.216.74.05.5
199918.815.62.2
3.5
18.416.31.6
2.9
26.217.84.96.7
200019.916.92.1
3.5
23.615.04.9
6.5
20.616.62.54.0
200221.818.62.2
3.8
21.618.02.3
3.9
20.417.52.03.5
200322.418.22.7
4.3
21.218.32.0
3.6
16.012.82.03.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
TOTAL, 1997 - 2003 (ex. 2001)129.3107.114.9
24.2
128.9105.215.5
24.8
127.7101.716.725.8


The results are very close. Jeter and Rodriguez did narrowly out-perform Garciaparra over these seasons, and, of course, the gap between the former two and Garciaparra would be even greater if 1996 and 2001 were included in the comparison. But Garciaparra's numbers are certainly still in the same ballpark as the others. These were clearly three great players, and if Jeter and A-Rod were ahead at that point because of earlier starts, Nomar still had a chance to catch them if he aged well.

Alas, the 2003 season was the last season in which the American League was blessed with these three great shortstops. Rodriguez was traded that offseason - almost to the Red Sox to replace Garciaparra, and eventually to the Yankees, where he moved to third base (and won two of his three MVP awards). Nomar was the next to go, traded at the 2004 trade deadline, before being overwhelmed by injuries. Of the three, it seems overwhelmingly likely that Derek Jeter will be the only one to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

But for six glorious seasons, baseball fans were blessed with three wonderful shortstops playing Hall-of-Fame caliber baseball.

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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